Virginia Beach, VA (November 26, 2019) – Chartway Federal Credit Union has an unwavering dedication to upholding its commitment to strengthening the communities it serves. That’s why the Hampton Roads-based credit union was honored to encourage local runners to lace up and make a difference within the community to help provide life-changing experiences that bring joy, hope, and smiles to children facing medical hardship or illness.
The Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon, 10K, and We Promise Foundation 5K, took place November 22 – 24, 2019, in Norfolk, VA. For the past five years, the race weekend has been presented by Chartway Federal Credit Union in partnership with J&A Racing. Out of the five years that the two partners have worked together, this is the third year Chartway has served as the Title Sponsor. The credit union’s charitable arm, the We Promise Foundation, also served as the premier charity of the event – receiving a $1 donation per registered runner from the J&A Racing Foundation.
To make the holiday event even jollier, the We Promise Foundation partnered with Toby’s Dream Foundation to grant a wish to a local 13-year-old boy, Koby. Koby, who reacted to the surprise wish grant with a huge smile, will be traveling to the Hot Wheels Design Center in El Segundo, CA, in January, where he will tour the factory and design his very own Hot Wheels car. Koby is currently undergoing treatment for osteosarcoma, and his wish trip will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience full of rest, relaxation, and timeless memories.
“Our relationship with Chartway and it’s We Promise Foundation has grown into an outstanding community partnership. It is refreshing to find a local company and nonprofit that shares our same passion for making a positive difference and giving back,” said Jerry Frostick, owner of J&A Racing. “The Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Weekend is the perfect combination of celebrating things that we are thankful for, giving back to the community, and kicking off the holiday season.”
“We’re honored to partner with J&A Racing to present this event for our community to enjoy,” said Brian Schools, president & CEO of Chartway Federal Credit Union. “We have a strong commitment to serving our members and strengthening the communities we serve through partnerships, sponsorships, and our We Promise Foundation. Partnering with Toby’s Dream Foundation to grant a wish made the weekend pretty special.”
More than 6,000 participants crossed the Chartway Norfolk Half Marathon finish line.
Brian Schools, Chartway president & CEO and We Promise Hero Koby were all smiles after the big wish reveal. Thanks to funds from Chartway’s We Promise Foundation and the work of Toby’s Dream Foundation, Koby and his family will be traveling to California to visit the Hot Wheels Design Center, where Koby will design his very own Hot Wheels car!
About Chartway Federal Credit Union
Chartway Federal Credit Union, a not-for-profit financial institution, has been proudly serving members for more than half a century. Guided by its vision, mission, and values, the $2.3 billion credit union is dedicated to making life more affordable for its 190,000 members through nearly 30 branches and online, mobile, video, and telephone banking services, including mobile deposit, mobile bill pay, and digital wallets. As one of the largest credit unions with membership concentrations in Virginia, Utah, and Texas, Chartway is consistently recognized for its financial strength, its ability to make life affordable for its members, and for its philanthropic efforts through its charitable arm, the We Promise Foundation, which has raised more than $12 million to provide life-changing experiences that bring joy, hope, and smiles to children facing medical hardship or illness. For more information, visit www.Chartway.com; or, visit them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
About J&A Racing
J&A Racing is a nationally recognized race management company based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. With a portfolio of seven events, J&A Racing’s mission is to promote and support healthy lifestyles and the sport of running through all stages of life. Since 2003 when J&A Racing owners, Amy and Jerry Frostick, took over the Shamrock Sportsfest, the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend has become one of the most popular running events in the country growing from 3,000 participants to a record 30,000 in 2015. Additionally, J&A Racing organizes the Wicked 10K; the MSP Design Group Big Blue 5K; the Bayport Credit Union Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler; the Crawlin' Crab Half Marathon & 5K; the Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon, 10K, and We Promise Foundation 5K; and the ADP Corporate 5K. For more information on J&A Racing’s events, visit jandaracing.com.